Non-Surgical Facelift

Written by Dr. Julian De Silva

Non-surgical facelift techniques are associated with less invasive procedures that are faster and have less recovery. Non-Surgical facelift techniques are best suited for patients that have only early signs of facial ageing with loss of facial volume and minimal skin laxity.

What is a non-surgical facelift?

A large number of different techniques have been labelled as the ultimate non-surgical facelift in the media. The techniques that Dr. De Silva utilises are based on correcting the three principal causes of facial ageing and restoring tissues to their previous location. The three principle characteristics of facial ageing are loss of facial volume, gravitational descent of soft tissues of the face and changes in the quality and laxity of the skin. Each individual has different components of these three factors, which must be specifically addressed with a non-surgical facelift to give a natural looking and effective result.

Dr. De Silva utilises his understanding of the underlying anatomy of the face to treat patients utilising the boney architecture of the cheek and jaw bones to build up and restore the face to its appearance before facial ageing. Dr. De Silva tailors the use of a range of non-surgical treatments to give the final result, this includes the use of volume enhancement with the use of fillers (Restylane, Juvaderm, Sculptra, Radiesse, Silicone), skin treatments (Wrinkle injection, facial peels & lasers, Cosmeceuticals). Other names for these non-surgical facelift treatments include the ‘Y’ lift, “lunchtime lift’ or ‘rapid recovery lift’.

Other technologies have been heavily marketed include Thermage (radio-frequency) and Ulthera (ultrasound), these work on inducing skin tightening. These techniques have limited duration of effects and are similar in effect to skin resurfacing by laser or mechanical devices.

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What are the advantages of Non-Surgical Facelifts?

The advantages of non-surgical facelift treatments include the relative speed of the treatments and low downtime after treatment. The procedures are often available in the clinic or office and do not require visits to the operating room. The treatments are effective in improving facial appearance as have been demonstrated by high profile celebrities including Madonna.

  • Minor swelling and bruising that fades over 1-2 weeks
  • Resume most daily activities same day
  • Refrain from exercise for 1 week
  • Personalized sculpted rejuvenation to give a natural appearance
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*Results May Vary

Types of Non-Surgical Facelift?

Non-surgical face lift procedures use a combination of non-surgical treatments that are tailored to the individual to achieve their result. Each of these treatment types utilise different technologies and techniques while focusing of a fast recovery and minimal downtime. Treatments include:

  • Wrinkle injection to smooth wrinkles on movement
  • Combination of different fillers to sculpt, shape and restore volume to the face (Restylane©, Juvaderm©, Radiesse©, Sculptra©)
  • Smooth facial lines & wrinkles
  • Restore & Rejuvenate appearance (Restylane©, Juvaderm©, Radiesse©, Sculptra©)
  • Latest innovation in technology: Longer lasting facial fillers (Voluma©) & Finer facial fillers (Belotero©)
  • Latest innovations in techniques: cannula to enhance recovery (no needle technique, DermaSculpt™) Reduces bruising and swelling after treatment.
  • Autologous Platelet Rich Plasma fibrocellular matrix (Growth factors, Selphyl©)
  • State-of-Art Laser Resurfacing, fast recovery (Erbium Laser©)

What are the limitations of Non-Surgical Facelifts?

The nature of non-surgical facelift treatments is that their effect is not long-term and many offer rejuvenation for a period of 1-year. Patients need to appreciate that non-surgical treatments are not as long lasting as surgical treatments.

Non-surgical facelifts are not effective for marked skin laxity of the neck or face, marked jowls or vertical platysmal bands in the neck. These signs of facial ageing are likely to require surgical treatments to give the best results. Dr. De Silva offers both non-surgical and surgical treatment options and provides his patients with impartial advice regarding which treatment is best suited to your signs of facial ageing. Dr. De Silva has patients who have had ineffective non-surgical treatments when surgical facial procedures would offer better results.

Non-Surgical Facelifts - female model

Dr. De Silva & Non-Surgical Facelift Treatments

Dr. De Silva is highly specialised in only facial cosmetic surgery and performs no other surgery. He trained in London Teaching Hospitals in Surgical Specialities including Anatomy, Emergency Surgery, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmic Micro-Surgery before focusing entirely on Facial Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery. He worked in the cosmetic centres of Beverley Hills and New York with super-specialised Facial Plastic and Oculo-Facial Plastic Surgeons. Dr. De Silva tailors facelift and neck lift surgery to each individual patient. Different facial shapes, ethnicity and individual anatomical changes require different types of facelift, customized to the individual patient to achieve a natural looking and long lasting results.

Non-surgical facelift techniques require correction of an individual’s facial ageing. Often elevation of the soft tissues of the face results in an excess of skin that requires removal. Dr. De Silva hides such incisions in natural creases in the skin and in the inner tragus of the ear to avoid visible scars while giving the best possible results. Elevation of the skin alone in older techniques leaves stretched scars that are the hallmarks of surgery, Dr. De Silva takes meticulous attention to elevating the tissues beneath the skin to enable scars to heal better free of tension. Dr. De Silva presented internationally on Advanced Neck Lifting Techniques at the 43rd Annual ASOPRS Scientific Symposium in Chicago, IL, USA.

Recovery after Non-Surgical Facelift?

The risk, recovery, and downtime with non-surgical face lifts are rarely issues. Pain management, overall, has hardly been an issue. Some procedures do require use of local anesthetics or over the counter pain medication. The downtime for most patients is minimal and usually only a few hours. There is often some temporary swelling, redness, or even skin blanching immediately following a treatment. Rare risks of the treatment include lumps or bumps, redness or pigmentation changes.

When is a Non-Surgical Facelift unsuitable?

Facial ageing that includes descent of the jowls along the jawline and skin laxity of the neck will have a modest outcome from a non-surgical technique. The name non-surgical facelift is misleading as the technique does not lift the face in the same way as a facelift, it is primarily a volume rejuvenation of the face. Such changes require surgical lifting of the soft tissues and removal of excess skin. The decision whether to have surgery can be a difficult decision and Dr. De Silva will advise you on whether surgery or non-surgical treatment is going to give the best result, that is effective, long-lasting and natural looking.

Watch Video: Reuters News interviews Dr. Julian De Silva about Facial Beauty and customized facial mapping
Reuters News interviews Dr. Julian De Silva about Facial Beauty and customized facial mapping

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